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Woman Sexually Assaulted While Changing Flat Tire

11/5/2009 - Memphis, TN
Woman Sexually Assaulted While Changing Flat Tire

Kelly Hessedal
11:00 AM CST, November 5, 2009 - www.wreg.com


Woman raped on the side of the road while changing a flat tire
Victim was taken to Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center
Suspect still on the loose

(Marshall County, MS 11/4/2009) A warning now for women across one Mid-South county.

Investigators are searching for a suspected rapist who attacked a woman parked on the side of the road. Deputies say she stopped to change a flat tire.

It's an assault too frightening for Sharon Seals to even think about.

"It's just bad that it happened in this area, it could've been me," she said.

She lives along the stretch of Highway 309 in Byhalia near Coldwater Road where Marshall County Sheriff's Deputies say late last night a 32-year-old mother of three stopped her mini-van. The front right tire was flat, so the victim got out a spare and began changing it.

Investigators say a man in a pickup truck pulled over and asked if she needed help. The report states she told him "No thank you, my husband is on his way."

"As she turned to go back, he attacked her from behind, slammed her up against the van and proceeded to strike her a couple times in her face and mouth," said Major Kelly McMillen. "He sexually assaulted her on the side of the road and left her."

The victim's husband arrived on the scene minutes later. His wife was rushed to the Memphis Sexual Assault Resource Center while deputies collected evidence.

There are pieces of crime tape still lying on the side of the road, reminders to families in this neighborhood.

"No matter how innocent they look, no matter how helpful they seem, you can't turn your back on anyone," said neighbor Lee Seals.

Deputies believe they have a pretty good lead on the suspect, but they are still looking for help from the public. If you have any information on this crime, call the Marshall County Sheriff's Department at (662) 252-1311.

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